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spelling bee

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noun
  1. a spelling competition won by the individual or team spelling the greatest number of words correctly; spelldown.
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Origin of spelling bee

First recorded in 1870–75
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  • He had not returned to his home after the spelling-bee, nor had he been seen since.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • There was a spelling-bee every Friday afternoon, for Sam the only endurable event of the school exercises.

  • Rosalie did not know that the teacher was to leave Tinkletown surreptitiously until after the spelling-bee.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • It had a good deal the look of a spelling-bee with a teacher who meant to stand no nonsense.

    The Huntress

    Hulbert Footner


British Dictionary definitions for spelling bee

spelling bee

noun
  1. a contest in which players are required to spell words according to orthographic conventions
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Word Origin

C19: from bee ²
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